Banner Trail Stewards Blaze the Way
The Star-Spangled Banner Trail is piloting a new Trail Stewards Program to encourage schools, trail sites and organizations, communities and individual to connect with the history and culture of the Chesapeake in their ownbackyards, and to help others make meaningful connections, too.
The inaugural pilot project engages Baltimore City 5th graders in creative, place-based learning projects that serve their peers and inspire a connection with the trail’s places and stories.
Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, all 5th graders at Patterson Park Public Charter School are learning about the War of 1812 in their backyards. Patterson Park, across the street from the school, was known as Hampstead Hill during the War of 1812, and was the site of a successful defense of the city of Baltimore in 1814 from invasion by British troops on land. In December, Chief of Interpretation Vince Vaise of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine led the children on a tour of Hampstead Hill, including a running charge up the remnant earthworks. In January, the 5thgraders visited the Maryland Historical Society and examined primary source documents related to the defense, including letters written by citizen-soldiers who were fortifying the defensive earthworks.
Last week, Star-Spangled Banner Trail staff and teacher Ryan Kaiser led 57 children in an engaging session to design interpretive signage. Using examples of actual trail signage, plus materials such as quotes, images, maps, and a template with the traditional black bar, students developed their own designs for Patterson Park signage. The 5th graders will select the three best designs and show them off in May at the History Field Day at Hampstead Hill organized by the Baltimore National Heritage Area.
Graduates of this pilot project join a growing trail-wide network of teachers and student who are preserving, protecting, and teaching others about these nationally important places and stories.
See teacher Ryan Kaiser’s blog about the interpretive sign designing workshop at http://pppcsfifthgrade.weebly.com/blog.html.
Name: Cindy Chance
Phone Number: 410-260-2492
The following article was posted on the National Park Service website this week. I am unable to connect to the link so I have pasted it here for you.
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This blog is dedicated to the fifth grade at Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore, MD. Our hope is that this blog will keep students, parents, and anyone else interested up to date with all that we have going on during the school year. Let us know what you think!